That’s Right, But Not Really Forgot…
Just left it out of that massive list of things starting the first part of the year.
Writing is the most important thing, and for the first time in going on 50 years, I did not have an open lane to write as much or as little as I want starting the first of the year.
Back in late October, I injured my one good eye and was basically blind for a couple of days which was damned scary.
Turns out is is something that happens, has no cause (unless you are coming down with MS), and has no treatment. Basically the eyesight in most people who this hits come back from 2 to 6 months. And it usually only hits in one eye, but it hit my only good eye. It has been two months and it is slowly getting better, but reading is still tough and to do this blog or any letter to anyone, I blow my screen up to Easy Reader size print.
So to make writing important, I started a writing streak on January 1st. That streak amount was going to take me a lot of time for a reason I will explain shortly. So I set a minimum of 250 words per day. I have only stopped one night at that low number, slowly gaining speed on a Cold Poker Gang novel.
So why is this so hard? For a reason I did not ever expect. Those of you who have listened to me talk about stages of a writer will understand this instantly. This barely being able to see shoved me back into paying attention to the words instead of the story I was writing.
When I sat down at my writing computer before this, I never saw the words I was typing. I was living in the story, with the characters, enjoying my romp through their world. Just like I was reading a book, that’s how I typed.
I would see manuscripts as pages, pacing as how it looked on the screen, and so much more.
Suddenly, I have to blow up my screen so large that all I see is about 20% of the words I normally see at a glance, and I found myself because not being able to type well focusing on typos and all that stage one and stage two stuff beginning writers focus on,
I couldn’t drop down into the story.
To say I was angry and worried would be an understatement.
But over the last few nights I found myself again back in the story with the characters and not even noticing the monster words on the screen. Rough each night starting, but it will get easier I am sure, and I hope my eyes return to normal at some point.
And the plan is to pick up speed as I can shrink the font on the screen.
So I recorded and started THE DECADE AHEAD, BITE-SIZED COPYRIGHT, ADVANCE PACING, and GHOST COLLECTION CLASS, plus the regular workshops for January and other collection classes. They all got started yesterday. ( www.wmgworkshops.com )
And I built and started a new Kickstarter campaign that is doing great and before 24 hours was up had funded and hit two stretch goals and got a “Project We Love” from Kickstarter.
But the most important stuff I did every day for the past days was start a writing streak, working on a new novel. Back in late October, I flat didn’t think that would be possible.